Introduction to the Ancient World: Greece

LECTURES AND READINGS 

NOTE: The lectures, images, and the links to them will be updated throughout the semester, usually by the evening of the day before. Therefore, check the "Modified" date at the bottom of the page for the posted update of each lecture.

Week 1

Reading: Amos& Lang 4-25

(1) Jan. 15: "The Greeks"
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(2) Jan. 17: Before the Greeks: Minoans and Mycenaeans
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Week 2

Reading: Amos& Lang 26-36; Odyssey, Books 1, 5, 6, 9, 10

(3) Jan. 22: Troy and Homer: myths and archaeology
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(4) Jan 24: Homer and the Odyssey
BRING ODYSSEY TEXTS TO CLASS TODAY
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Week 3

Reading: Odyssey, Books 11, 13, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 (optional: all the rest);
"Ulysses", by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1843)
"Ithaca", by Constantine Cavafy (1911)
Ulysses in Dante's Inferno (on Blackboard)
Movie assignment via Netflix or other similar source:
O Brother Where Art Thou (2000), with G. Clooney et a
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(5) Jan 29: The Odyssey: the main characters
BRING ODYSSEY TEXTS TO CLASS TODAY
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(6) Jan. 31: Odysseus (Ulysses) and the Odyssey after Homer:
from Dante to O Brother Where Art Thou

BRING ODYSSEY TEXTS TO CLASS TODAY

Week 4

Reading: A&L 37-58; Selections from Greek Lyric Poetry (on Blackboard);
Movie assigment: 300 (2006)

(7) Feb. 5: A Time of Change: Greek Colonization (750-600 B.C.)
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(8) Feb. 7:  QUIZ #1; Early Greece
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No office hr. at 3:30 today
KEY TO QUIZ #1

Week 5

Reading: A&L 59-70

(9) Feb. 12: Sparta and its myth; Discussion of 300
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(10) Feb. 14: Athens to the Persian Wars; REVIEW
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Week 6

Feb. 19: EXAM 1
MC key to Exam #1

Reading: A&L 129-40; Aeschylus' Oresteia  
(11) Feb. 21:  Athens and Drama; begin Oresteia
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Week 7

Reading: Aeschylus' Oresteia

(12) Feb. 26: Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus' Oresteia
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Please bring Oresteia texts to class today

(13) Feb. 28: Apollo and Delphi
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Please bring Oresteia texts to class today
EXAMS WILL BE RETURNED TODAY
Who graded my exam?

Week 8

Reading: A&L 71-82; 93-116; Euripides, Bacchae  

(14) March 5: Greek religion: Apollo, Delphi and Eleusis
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(15) Mar. 7:  A god for spring break: Dionysus; Athens in the Fifth Century
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Please bring Bacchae texts to class today

SPRING BREAK

Week 9 

Reading: Sophocles' Oedipus; A&L 117-28

(16) March 19: Fifth-Century Athens: History, Art and Monuments
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(17) March 21: Buildings on the Acropolis (cont'd); Oedipus and Athens
Please bring Oedipus texts to class today

Week 10 

Reading: Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus

(18) March 26: In search of Oedipus' tragic flaw; 5th cent. sculpture
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Please bring Oedipus texts to class today

March 28: QUIZ #2; REVIEW;
Some pointers about Oedipus at Colonus
KEY to Quiz 2

Week 11 

April 2: EXAM 2
MC Key to Exam 2

Reading: A&L 83-92

(19) April 4: Oedipus revisited; the Olympic Games
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Please bring Oedipus at Colonus texts to class today.

Week 12

Reading: A&L 141-68; Plato, Apology of Socrates (pp. 502-531) in Rouse, Great Dialogues of Plato);
Plato, Republic, Book 5
 

(20) April 9: Early Greek philosophy; the Sophists
Exams will be returned and discussed today. Please pick them up.

(21) Apr. 11: Socrates and his trial; 4th cent. art
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Please bring Plato texts to class.

Week 13

Reading:
A&L 169-84; Plato, Republic, Books 7, 10;
Aristophanes' Lysistra
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(22) April 16: Plato and his ideal state
Please bring Plato texts to class.

(23) April 18: Women In Athens
Please bring Lysistrata texts to class. 
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Week 14

Reading: A&L 185-206
Movie: Alexander (2004), selected scenes (as per Blackboard email)

(24) Apr. 23: What starts here changes the world (for real): Alexander the Great
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Please bring Plato texts to class.

(25) Apr. 25: QUIZ #3; Hellenistic Civilization
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KEY TO QUIZ #3

Week 15

Reading: A&L 207-9

(26) April 30: Hellenistic Civilization cont'd; HeartCourse evaluationHeart; exam preview
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Review session (optional): 6 PM, WAG 214

May 2: EXAM 3
KEY to MC Part
Final grades will be ready on or before May 12.

Have a good summer!

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modified April 28, 2013
galinsky@austin.utexas.edu